My Dear Betsy and the end of Days


BV ~ Ferragamo ~ TODs
Aug 17, 2007
In the Forest
Tonight I take my dear Corgi Betsy to be released from her burden. She has been ill for some months and it is her time. Please light a candle to guide her as her soul flies over tonight. And for all of you facing this, or who have just lost a precious friend, take comfort from this poem:

by Lanie Blackmon

My best friend spoke to me last night
a soft whisper in my ear.
I woke up and looked around the room,
I was startled, yet I had no fear.

My best friend said that all is fine
Rainbow Bridge is so much more.
That there was so much love up there,
even a beautiful ocean shore.

There are fields and fields of green green grass
and the sky has different shades of blue.
There are flowers, mountains, trees and clouds,
everything they said it was, is true.

My best friend whispered in my ear last night
saying "Please don't cry or be sad.
That what was done, had to be done,
for me to live my life now, so be glad."

My best friend said that I did the right thing
an unselfish act on my part.
And that the pain and sadness I feel
will be gone soon from my heart.

I asked my best friend, "How could this be
I miss you so much everyday.
That my heart hurts so much for you,
I wish there could of been another way."

My best friend whispered in my ear last night
"You will always be in my heart.
Go on and live and love another,
because we will never really be apart."

My best friend whispered in my ear last night
"It's time for me to go towards the light.
I just wanted to stop and say to you
Go on my best friend, I'll be alright."

"I carry your unconditional love with me
I have done this from the very start."
I whispered back to my best friend last night,
"I'll always love you with all my heart."

"So goodbye my best friend," as I looked up at the sky
A shooting star I see in a straight line
Moving fast across the sky and out of sight,
I whispered, "Goodbye my best friend. Now, I'll be fine."


Certified bag addict
Mar 31, 2006
:cry:Awh, I am so so sorry to hear that. At least she will be out of her pain and will be able to go to a happier place where she is healthy and pain free. Please be there next to her and hold her paw and talk to her. We are here if you need us. HUGS to you! And HUGS to your little doggy.:heart:


Jun 6, 2006
Harrisburg, PA
I'm so sorry. But she'll be so happy when its over. I believe you are giving her the most important gift tonight.

Thats a beautiful poem. When the time came for my Chloe the following letter really helped me.

Dear Susan,
I just want you to know how happy I am to be in doggy heaven. It is great up here! My legs work fine, and I
only go to the bathroom outdoors, just like I used to, before I got real old. Also, I can hear again! The other barking dogs here are all very friendly, and once in a while I even bark back at them. It feels real good to bark again.
The views are spectacular. I can see all of Winnetka, Deephaven, Tonka Bay, Bloomington, and all points in between. I can see the work going on in our back yard... it is shaping up and will stay beautiful now. At the end of my time there, I could not see the yard or anything very clearly. My mind is inquisitive again, too. I am sticking my nose in to all the new nooks and crannies here. Exploring used to be a big part of my life. Remember me tugging you in all directions on our walks, except for the last year or so. And I like being real mobile, nimble on all four feet, again. I want to thank the whole family for taking care of me for 15 great years (well, really, 14 great years---my last year of real advanced age was not so great, for me at least).
You may think you rescued me years ago after I was abandoned, but that is not quite right. You see, I selected you guys, not the other way around, because I knew you were a great family that would take really good care of me! And did you ever take really good care of me!! Really, really good as you would say. Especially you, Susan. You were the one who usually put my food in my bowl, took care of my water, too. That is all I ever really needed. And you kept the bowls clean, because you knew that was important to me. You were my very best special friend. Thanks.
You took me to the vet for my check ups, and had me fixed when my spleen went bad on me. Remember when my ear filled up? You nursed me through that too. Even though you laughed at me, you knew how stupid I felt walking around with that lamp shade device on my head and you were able to comfort me through that difficult time. By the way, would you please throw out all the photos of me bumping into walls and chairs with that stupid thing on my head... it just is not in keeping with my lady-like personality!
The affection shown to me by Maggie and Katie was awesome. I felt like their sister, except I liked them so much I could never fight with them like some sisters do sometimes. I just tried to return their affection to thank them for cuddling with me on the floor and petting me so gently and stuff like that. I know they loved me so much, even when I got old and even though I could not show them the attention the way I did when I was younger and full of it, like I am again now.
But you, Susan, meant the most to me because you did the most for me and we spent the most time together. You really favored me with so much care and love for 15 years. I know I was helpful to you when it was just the two of us at the end of our time in Minnesota, and how glad I am for that---just to be able to repay you a little bit for all that you did for me. How many piles of my poop did you pick up? How many thousands of times did you open or close a door to let me in or out? How many bazillion hairs did you sweep up? How many hours did you spend vacuuming? Thank you so, so, so much. (Regarding the poop, I apologize for my little problem in cars---and boats---but I just got so excited that, well... you know.)
There is NO way I could possibly thank you enough for the help and joy you gave to me during our 15 years together. I was sorry I had to go when I did, but I was so old. I did not want to be boarded any more. I had zero energy for that, or any other activity either! It was definitely time. Like Uncle T. said, I was having way more bad days than good, many more bad hours than good hours. I really was not happy at the end, and now I am happy again. Remember me with a smile on your face because that is the way I remember you and Maggie and Katie and Paul. I have a big smile on my face now. My ears are sometimes floppy and sometimes (as you would always say) "precious". I get hamburgers any time I want. My head is way out the window when I go riding around with my furry pals. There are no fences or leashes here. I go for walks often. Life is great again! It really was time for me to go, and I thank you for your help in making it dignified and easy.
I love you, Susan, and Maggie and Katie and Paul, and always will.
P. S. I really liked being a girl, in a house with three other girls. It was especially fun when we ganged up on Paul. Ha!


Jan 29, 2006
One of the greatest gifts we can give our pets is allowing them to just let go when life becomes too much pain. Good for you for not letting a selfish wish of keeping her around make her life miserable. Wishing you both the best.


My baby, Bellis
Aug 8, 2006
I'm so sorry you have to go through this tonight. I just had to put down my 12 year old. It was so very hard and I still miss her every day. But I do know it was the right thing to do. She was very sick and we had tried everything. It was time. I hope your sweet Betsy find my little Angel and they can play together tonight.


Sep 21, 2007
One of the greatest gifts we can give our pets is allowing them to just let go when life becomes too much pain. Good for you for not letting a selfish wish of keeping her around make her life miserable. Wishing you both the best.
Very well said. It is so hard to take the step, but harder to watch your family member in pain, suffering. My thoughts are with you tonight...
Aug 22, 2006
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bless you for having the wisdom and the strength to give her this most important gift. may betsy have a quick and peaceful trip, and may your sadness soon be replaced by fond memories that make you smile.


Aug 22, 2006
It's a brave and unselfish thing you are doing. Prayers for Betsey on her way to forever green fields full of rabbits to chase...


Jul 1, 2006
Praying for strength for you, you are doing a very unselfish thing. I definitely believe that all dogs go to heaven. Dressage Queen is right, you are giving her a gift by releasing her from pain. We are here if you need us!


Aug 26, 2006
North Carolina
I'm so sorry. You did the right thing for your beloved dog--they trust us to make the tough decisions. Hugs.

A friend has a Corgi--I just adore him--he's such a love.